Contraception and Sexual Health
Advice on all methods of contraception and sexual health is available at the surgery. This is provided by the doctors and Practice Nurses within normal surgery times. We cover all aspects of contraception and sexual health including 'pill' initiation and annual 'pill' checks, injections, IUDs and implants, as well as screening for possible sexually transmitted infections.
For repeat prescriptions of the oral contraceptive pill please ask Reception to make an appointment with a Practice Nurse.
If you have concerns about any aspect of sexual health or need information, whatever your age, our Practice Nurses will be able to help. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Contraception advice for under 16 year olds
Contraception services are free and confidential, including for people under 16 years old.
This means the doctor or nurse won't tell your parents or anyone else, as long as they believe you're mature enough to understand the information and decisions involved.
There are strict guidelines for healthcare professionals who work with people under 16.
If they believe there's a risk to your safety and welfare, they may decide to tell your parents.
The risk would need to be serious, and they'd usually discuss this with you first.
We offer Intrauterine contraception, in the form of the IUD or Mirena®. There is some excellent information on this form of contraception provided by Lothian Sexual Health Services which can be accessed here. We would particularly recommend watching the 10 minute video presentation if you are considering the IUD or Mirena® as your form of contraception.
The links below will take you to websites with reliable information on a variety of contraceptive issues.
- Details of outlets for free condoms in Lancaster & Morecambe www.best2know.co.uk
- FPA: Good contraception and sexual health guide and excellent range of leaflets www.fpa.org.uk
- The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is a charity which offers information and choices on unplanned pregnancy, see www.bpas.org.
- For information on local clinics
- The Lothian Sexual Health website has some really good, straightforward information on sexual health, although the services available are local to Edinburgh